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Teddy Roosevelt and the New York Irish (quote)

Theodore Roosevelt was horrified by the twenty-five Democratic members of Irish extraction who sat across the aisle. "They are a stupid, sodden vicious lot, most of them being equally deficient in brains and virtue," he wrote in his diary. The typical Irish member of the Assembly, he added, "is a low, venal, corrupt and unintelligent brute who could not string three intelligible sentences together." (page 46)

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